During the night of Wednesday 23 January, a complete set of 32 Vari-Lite VL5 wash luminaires were stolen out of a trailer belonging to Belgium-based EML Productions. The fixtures were en route from Austria to Belgium, and it is believed that the theft occurred somewhere in Germany. The set included 32 VL5 luminaires with standard cabling, smart repeaters and truss hooks; they were packed in six six-hole black plastic Vari-Lite cases and two grey plastic Vari-Lite cable cases.
If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of this equipment, please contact Dirk Bosloirs at EML Productions NV in Brussels - telephone: +32 16 61 71 18 or at the e-mail address below.
Lighthouse LED video screens are at the heart of the installation of a custom-designed outdoor poster advertising screen at Bournemouth International Centre. Adaptable to both outdoor and indoor poster and retail sites, and capable of displaying images alongside ‘split screen’ text messages, the LED billboard concept is being pioneered in the UK by Lighthouse and, at Bournemouth, its integrator partner, Advantage Displays Ltd and screen owner/operator Inter-City Ads.
Nine panels of Lighthouse LVP20 (20mm pixel pitch) screen have been installed. Regular maintenance is provided by Lighthouse, but at the BIC, there is no facility to do this from within the building so to cater for this, a special mounting structure allows the screen to be hinged forward for maintenance work. The screen also has the ability to show two independently-controllable images on the screen at any one time. This is currently being used to show video images on 90 percent of the screen, with the lower 10 per cent displaying ‘live’ text messages about events at BIC.
London-based rental company FX Music has pledged its future in a world outside line array by making a major commitment to Martin Audio’s Wavefront 8 utility sound reinforcement system.According to Dave Beck, who has run FX Music with brother Alan since 1985, the 32 Wavefront 8C/24 x WSX system - purchased from the London office of LMC Audio - will give them capability to provide coverage of 1,000-seat auditoria, and tie them into the Martin Audio Wavefront rental network, which also includes Capital Sound Hire, Adlib Audio and CAV.
Explaining the rationale, Dave Beck said: "We specialise in single events for promoters such as Metropolis and SJM - whether it be rock ’n’ roll one-offs or classical spectaculars - as well as corporate shows. We don’t do sufficient arena work to warrant a line array but we wanted a system that was flexible, at the same time offering us the potential to pitch for other work and sub hire. The pricing of the system is also favourable, which means we can invest in sufficient boxes to enable us to do large outdoor classical events."
He added that the company also wanted to make a commitment to a British manufacturer. "We used to operate the old Martin equipment and are familiar with their engineering quality. The bottom end is extremely efficient and I needed something that was flexible from the mid-up. This was the real reason for buying Wavefront and on top of everything else, Martin is a sexy brand."
The company’s pre-existing loudspeaker stock will now be deployed largely on corporate events
Architectural lighting specialists i-Vision has completed a lighting design and supplied all necessary instruments and fixtures for the permanent illumination of Merseyside Police Authority’s (MPA) HQ in central Liverpool.
i-Vision was approached for the project - part of the ongoing scheme to light landmark building in the City of Liverpool - by Tony Woof, chief executive of Liverpool Architecture and Design Trust (LADT). I-Vision’s brief was to produce an interesting and cost-effective design to transform this somewhat imposing looking building into an attractive, integrated element of the landscape.
LADT has been overseeing the River of Light project, which started with a massive light, laser, projection and visuals show for the town on Millennium Eve. It completes with the lighting of eight key buildings in Liverpool - the last of which is the Police Authority HQ. With all other buildings in the scheme being listed or of a heritage nature, they responded well to traditional architectural lighting methods - and the overall schemes designed and supplied by Phillips.
Geoff Jones of I-Vision split the lighting into three distinct areas - a blue wash light illumination of the building’s main elevation, a green wash light effect to illuminate the walkway and proposed garden area for the front of the building, and ‘Thin Blue Line’ effect. This latter is a glowing blue line delineating the building form, encased in a custom aluminium extrusion.
i-Vision used a combination of eight bespoke asymmetric flood J800 flood fittings - 2 x 400W HIT
Creative sound design and installation specialists CP Sound has completed its latest project in an on-going series of Zinc Bar & Grill venues for Conran Restaurants. Zinc Birmingham was a great challenge, as the background music system had to sound natural and all sound equipment had to be concealed without a wire in sight, blending seamlessly with the clean interior of the building. Thirdly, the downstairs DJ area - for parties, late bar nights and special occasions - had to avoid noise spillage into the main dining area above.
CP Sound’s Colin Pattenden reveals that they excelled themselves in the invisibility department. By the time the CP Sound team had finished the install, the only visible evidence of any sound was four neat volume controls by the downstairs bar. CP Sound utilised JBL speakers throughout, as they have in other Conran establishments, using speakers from the Control 25 Control 25T (with 100 volt line transformer), Control 28 ranges, complete with SB2 subs. The DJ area uses the Control 28s and SB2s. The Control 25s in the adjacent downstairs lounge area are driven as low impedance, receiving 150 Watts per speaker, thus matching well with the SPL levels of the DJ area. Pattenden originally experimented with this method at Zinc Edinburgh, which proved highly successful. Upstairs in Zinc Birmingham’s restaurant area, the Control 25Ts are configured in 100 volt line mode. All speakers are concealed in the ceilings.
Downstairs by the bar are four zone controls covering the DJ area, the seated area to the rear of the room, the middle section b
The recent inclusion of Coemar within the Stanton Group, following the acquisition of a controlling interest in the company by Tracoman Inc, has led to the appointment of Animatec SA as the sole agent for Coemar Spa in Switzerland. Silvio Cibien of Animatec commented: "We are convinced that the strong synergy created by this distribution agreement will be a benefit for all our partners."
The move adds further strength to Animatec SA’s distribution portfolio, which also includes top lighting brand such as MA Lighting and Pulsar along with pro audio brands such as Ecler, Stanton and D.A.S. Audio.
At the close of last year, TC Group, the Danish parent company of TC Electronic, TCWorks and TC-Helicon, tabled a proposal to the shareholders of TGI plc to purchase their holdings in the company. That offer has now been formally accepted by the shareholders.
"I am very happy that the offer has been accepted," says Anders Fauerskov, CEO at TC Group. "The timing is perfect for a co-operation in technology like this, as the market of today clearly shows a need for an innovative fusion of technologies. Within the new TC Group, we now have the acoustics knowledge, driver technology, digital signal processing know-how, and amplification and power supply skills to make a major impact in the future market for integrated solutions."
TGI plc is a holding-company which covers four companies in the speaker market - Tannoy, Martin Audio, Lab Gruppen and GLL.
TC Group represents three brands within the audio processing industry: TC Electronic, manufacturer of a wide range of multi award-winning digital processors, TC-Helicon, producing digital vocal processors, and TC Works developing top-end award-winning software solutions. The Group is also responsible for the worldwide marketing and distribution of Dynaudio Acoustics high-end and ultra high-end monitor solution.
Screenco has provided the LED screens for the ongoing TV programme Pop Idol. Set designer Andy Walmsley - whose company A1 Set was commissioned by Thames Television - provided Screenco with a brief to deliver the visual display element of the Pop Idol show.
The series - divided into three elements - consisted of various open auditions staged in hotel conference rooms throughout the country, followed by the ‘semi finals’ which took place at a staged ‘rehearsal room’ in Teddington Studios, ending with the ten week finals hosted at Fountain Studios in Wembley. Walmsley - who also designed the worldwide-copied ‘Who Wants to Be A Millionaire’ studio set - told us: "Pop Idol has been fascinating as a design brief, especially because the series has been in three parts. We started with a large video cube wall and one lonely plasma screen at Teddington Studios, but then the anti was upped to an orgy of AV for the final 10 weeks of this mammoth show."
Screenco supplied a 15mm central rotating screen complemented by 25mm LED Modules and 42" plasma screens - sourced from sister company CT London - which were arranged about the set in an abstract fashion. The 15mm LED was mounted on a bespoke rotating structure, whilst the 25mm LED Modules and Plasma screens were all supported by tailor-made aluminium brackets supplied and constructed by stage contractors Total Fabrications. Also provided by Screenco were the graphics - displayed during the show - which ran from two Doremi V1D Digital video player/recorders and were mixed through a
The exclusive Turnberry Hotel in Ayrshire has selected a Bose sound system as part of an upgrade of music systems throughout the hotel, spa and golf club house. The decision to go with Bose followed Jim Wilson’s (the Turnberry’s technical services manager), consultation with RA Communications of Stirling, to find a system that would deliver a full, rich sound, yet remain discreet.
A Bose Freespace 3 system, consisting of eight satellite cube speakers and two bass units, has been installed in the Turnberry Restaurant - a large room with traditional high ceilings. Freespace 3 systems are also employed in the Spa Terrace and Ailsa Lounge. The Turnberry has also chosen Bose for its new development of 12 luxury lodges and nine cottages, located in the grounds of the hotel. Bose Wave Radio/CDs have been spec’d in each of the lounges.
At Celestion’s HQ in Ipswich, Richard Vivian has been promoted to the position of marketing manager, Professional Product Division. Vivian joined Celestion from the R&D department of Turbosound three years ago. As Celestion’s product manager for Professional Systems, he has been instrumental in the development and promotion of a number of key products, including the CXi range of sound reinforcement loudspeaker systems, which has been successful in opening up new opportunities and markets for the Celestion brand.
With his detailed knowledge and experience of the professional audio and music industries, Vivian will now be taking on marketing responsibility for the entire Professional Division, which includes the growing range of Professional Component (raw-frame) loudspeakers. "Since I joined Celestion, I’ve been closely involved in the ongoing initiative to design products that appeal to the professional sector, particularly in the area of high performance installation loudspeakers," explains Vivian. "We’ve made significant progress in a relatively short time, and I’m delighted to be taking on an expanded role in the Celestion business."
Ashwin Shah, chairman of the Myriad Group, has announced that, as part of the recent re-structuring of the Group, Richard Crowe has been appointed managing director of its Creative Staging subsidiary. Crowe, who was previously the sales and marketing director of the company, has been with Creative Staging for the past seven years, working in senior positions in the AV presentation industry since 1978. As well as fulfilling a full-time role at Creative Staging, Crowe will also play an active part in the future development of the whole Myriad Group. The Group recently restructured its nine business areas under the four main names of Myriad, Creative Staging, MAP and Visual Systems, offering a range of services for AV and IT communication and presentation.
Gareth Frankland and David Horsfield have taken over the operation of ACDC Lighting Systems Ltd, part of the Standel Dawman group of companies. The two have been key members of the management team for some time, and had been instrumental in developing ACDC into one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of cold cathode lighting systems.
The company will continue to work with designers to develop lighting solutions and will launch a new dynamic range of high intensity LED products later this year.
Autograph Sales Ltd, the UK distributors for Meyer Sound Laboratories, have begun the year with the launch of the latest Meyer Sound product - the MM4. Unlike Meyer Sound's more recent larger developments, the MM4 is a compact, wide-range loudspeaker, measuring only 102mm square.
This particular loudspeaker product is ideal when a high quality distributed sound system is required - in delay and fill applications in theatre-style venues, for example. The product has already found a home in France, on the much-talked about and newly-built Lyon Tramway. This latter is a sound art installation and the 88 MM4s can be found distributed along the 18 stations of the Tramway, transmitting ambient sounds and announcements when required.
Back in the UK, the product is being taken very seriously by several sound design consultants and installation companies and has been specified for a number of forthcoming fixed installations and theatre shows. The MM4 makes its UK debut at the Piccadilly Theatre, London, on a new musical production ‘My One and Only’, which opens early next month where eight MM4s have been installed under the balcony, as second row delays.
To further enhance the service Stage Electrics offers its West End and UK touring markets, the company has promoted Chris Patton to work alongside Matt Lloyd in developing and supporting current commitments and future initiatives. Patton will relocate from Birmingham, where he was responsible for developing local business through the theatre and event market. During his time with Stage Electrics he has been on-site with several major theatrical companies, including the Birmingham Royal Ballet.
Andrew Suggs has been promoted to branch account handler at the busy Bristol customer service centre. Suggs has worked for Stage Electrics for six years, covering all aspects of hire. Most recently he was a contract handler in the Bristol Warehouse, managing the co-ordination of all major hires leaving the building.
Tony Rhodes has joined the company as business development manager at the NEC Branch. Rhodes brigns with him a wealth of experience, and was most recently as eneral manager of Prolyte UK. Another new face is that of Ben Teale, who will be joining Stage Electrics on 4 February as business development/project manager. Working out of Stage Electrics London Office, Teale will be concentrating on the exhibition market, working alongside James Irvine and the production managers based at the head office in Bristol.
The Showman’s Show North will take place at The Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 March 2002, and is generating increasing interest across the North of the country.
Organisers Lance Publications report that stand space is being filled by a wide range of event suppliers based in the North, indicating that the exhibition will achieve its aim of providing a show focused on the needs of the region. The show is offering both indoor and outdoor exhibition space, utilizing the permanent facilities of the Great Yorkshire Showground, and will cater for a wide range of event suppliers and organizers.
The show has been borne out of response to questionnaires and requests from event professionals in the North of England and Scotland to bring Showman’s North to serve their part of the country. The visitor marketing campaign is focused on event and show organizers based in the region and once again advance registrations indicate visitors from all aspects of the events industry will attend.
The show’s manager, Jeremy Lance commented: "Our plans are more modest than the Newbury Show, but in response to business demand, we will strive to create a forum whereby events practitioners in the North can conduct business and promote themselves. Initial feedback is very encouraging."
South London-based Blackout Triple E, specialists in the design and manufacture of drapes, starcloths, tracking and production rigging equipment, has recently appointed Warren Connolly as hire and sales manager. He joins the busy rental department with 15 years’ sales and marketing experience, and will be promoting the company’s extensive product portfolio and range of production services to new and existing clients.
Warren will be liaising with producers, production companies and event organisers from the early planning stages of a project. He will be presenting creative and practical solutions for the most challenging special events, theatre productions, exhibitions, installations and conferences. Working closely with the company’s in house design, project management and technical support teams, he will help transform the most complex needs and ideas into reality. Warren Connelly explained: "I’m delighted to join Blackout Triple E. Having previously worked within blue chip organisations, I’m particularly impressed with their committed approach and with the team spirit that permeates the company. I’m looking forward to channelling my marketing experience into expanding Blackout Triple E’s market share."
Wybron’s Eclipse II was honoured with an EDDY Award at the close of last year. This marks the second award for the product in 2001, which also collected an LDI Product of the Year Award earlier in the year.
The Eclipse II is a variable speed DMX controlled iris douser with linear control using a single motor. It can realistically fade fixtures that use non-dimmable arc and metal halide sources, products which are becoming more and more prevalent in lighting design today. One of three lighting accessories awarded the EDDY 2001, it was the smooth and seamless fades of Eclipse II which impressed the panel.
Keny Whitright of Wybron and theatre legend George Izenour collected the award at the 10th annual EDDY Awards at John Jay College Theatre in New York City. The EDDY Awards are presented annually to honour excellence in entertainment design and technology, as well as innovation in product development in the professional audio and lighting arenas.
Designers Jules Fisher (lighting) and Abe Jacob (sound) were keynote speakers at the ceremony, which included a tribute to all past winners and a special eulogy to a group of young talented designers.
Stuart Thomson, formerly of Avalon Communications, has joined MEDC Ltd as the UK northern area sales manager for the Next Two range of loudspeakers. Thomson has had more than 20 years of experience in the communications industry with companies as diverse as Millbank Electronics, Planned Equipment Ltd and Avalon Communications as a proposals manager.
With involvement in major projects such as The Millenium Dome, Paddington Railway Station, London Underground, Newcastle United Stadium and a variety of other commercial installations from shopping centres to office blocks, Thomson brings a wealth of experience to the team. Thomson will assist Next Two customers through advising on loudspeaker layouts and working with third party VA/PA rack manufacturers to ensure a successful installation.
Australasia’s leading entertainment technology exhibition opens in Darling Harbour, Sydney, from 4 February for three days. With over 120 exhibits across over 100,000 square feet of floor space, ENTECH is one of the key gathering points for technicians, engineers and designers from all over the region. Held every two years, this show also features a museum celebrating 30 years of entertainment technology - with never before seen video footage from the dark past, and numerous old photos of pioneering bands in Australia using very old equipment. There will be displays of the actual offending apparatus, including a genuine double four-way PA and old Australian-made amplifiers!
Entech runs from 4-6 February at the Sydney Darling Harbour Convention Centre. Entry is free after registration, but limited to trade and those who can demonstrate an interest in the technology, such as students.
Sennheiser UK held the national finals of its ‘Best Unsigned Artist Contest’ in December, with a live event at the Wardrobe Club in Leeds. Devised as an integral element of Sennheiser UK’s greater focus on the live music market, the Unsigned Artist Contest was launched last year in conjunction with a number of equipment manufacturers.
Sennheiser’s John Steven described the initiative: "This is a means of establishing closer contact with potential up and coming performing artists. It’s also a way of genuinely trying to help bands and artists who don’t fall into the category of ‘manufactured pop idol’ currently so favoured by the major recording industry."
Winners of heats covering pop, rock, dance, hip-hop, R&B and jazz musical categories from across the country performed live in front of the panel of judges drawn from artists, producers, promoters and press. The overall winner was hip-hop artist Contrast, a.k.a. Clive Daniel, unanimously deemed to far exceed the standards of performance achieved by many artists signed to major recording contracts. He now looks forward to a recording session with producer Mike Hedges (U2, Texas, Travis and the Manic Street Preachers among many others) in his newly fitted out Wessex Studios complex. In addition to this he also collected £5000 in cash and equipment from Sennheiser, Gibson, Orange, Mindprint and TASCAM on the night.
Commenting on the success of the competition, Steven confirmed that it was set to become an annual fixture in the Sennheiser event calendar with the f
Kelsey Acoustics has recently manufactured and supplied a substantial number of custom-built multicore systems with Litton Veam connectors to Surrey-based rental company Peter Maciuk Installations Ltd (PMI).
PMI specializes in the hire of sound systems to event companies who design and manage large corporate events all over the world. "It’s an exceedingly demanding and competitive environment," explained PMI's Peter Maciuk, "and as events get more and more complex, so the requirement for more diverse multicore systems increases. What we now have is a fully modular multicore system which ranges from 50m 8-pair up to 100m 48-pair with 16-pair return and monitor break-outs. We can also offer a complete stage satellite system comprising three 25m 16-pair dual sex stage boxes to a 48-way dual sex patch panel. In simple terms it gives us the flexibility and the ability to cater for any situation that the event industry demands from its suppliers."
Stagetec (UK) Ltd has recently completed the supply and installation of production lighting equipment for the BBC Television Centre’s Studio 3 refurbishment. This is one of the major studios at the BBC’s Wood Lane HQ in Shepherd’s Bush, London.
The project, managed by BBC Technology’s Consulting & Projects division, involved Stagetec in the design, manufacture and installation of a complete DMX network running throughout the studio. A total of 148 DMX outlets were installed by Stagetec, dotted around the studio in custom made socket boxes. These were wired back to patch panels located at grid level in the roof and in the new control area. Eight IES 10-way DMX splitters were mounted in the patch cabinets to provide DMX distribution with the existing analogue dimmers retained. Stagetec then installed 552 channels of Compulite demultiplexers in the dimmer room so these can be driven, via a DMX control, from the studio’s existing Galaxy console. A Compulite 48-channel multiplexer was also installed in the control room to enable the existing analogue effects desk to be incorporated into the system.
Stagetec also incorporated an LSC Softlink unit in the control room, complete with a geographical patch to provide full electronic patching of all DMX signals. The TC3 project also involved Stagetec in the design and manufacture of a new lighting test panel on the studio floor, installation of a new rigger’s control, remote monitor cables and new emergency ‘off’ indicators.
The project was managed by Stagetec’s projects manag
At the end of last year, Maltbury Ltd moved to new offices in Brighton. Since 1995, the staging specialist has supplied its popular range of demountable staging systems to a wide array of organizations and venues including theatres, schools, arenas, film and TV studios and concert halls. With products ranging from the lightweight Aerodeck, versatile Metrodeck and Ambideck to Steeldeck 7.5, currently the strongest demountable staging system on the market, Maltbury also offers a bespoke service and an impressive range of accessories to complement its staging systems.
To coincide with the move to new premises, managing director Philip Sparkes has re-launched the company’s website, which is now easier to navigate and more user friendly. The improved site also gives better access to a wide range of the most up-to-date Maltbury press releases and, complementing the website, the new look will now be used in all corporate material.
The move came at the end of a busy year for the company: during 2001 it provided staging for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, The Budweiser House Party, St. Johns College School, Cambridge, BITE: 01 at the Barbican and The Met Arts Centre, Manchester.
The new address is 11 Hollingbury Terrace, Brighton BN1 7JE. Tel: +44 (0) 845 130 8881.
Sennheiser UK - exclusive distributor for Rycote microphone windshields and suspension systems - has introduced two new microphone mounts and a useful directory from the company. The Utility Mount is a rugged, lightweight, machined aluminium mount with an integral cable clamping system, purpose-built bands positioned at four staggered points and a bracket with pistol-grip handle. The mount can be stand- or pole-mounted via the 3/8" female thread in the base of the handle. Designed to complement the Rycote microphone suspension range, the Utility Mount is positioned between the company’s Softie Mount and its high performance Modular Suspension. The Utility Mount can be used alone or alternatively can slide into a Rycote Windshield for exterior use. The design of the bands supports a broad range of microphones and allows for quick and easy changes.
The Multi-Mount is a modified Softie mount and bracket with a female 3/8" Whitworth threaded brass insert, suitable for stand and pole mounting. An integral accessory shoe allows for camera hot-shoe mounting. The Multi-Mount isolates camera-mounted microphones from vibration and movement, greatly improving performance. It is available in three sizes to fit 19/20mm, 21/22mm and 25mm diameter microphones.
Rycote has also produced The Microphone Data Book. Over 1000 pages in length, this comprehensive volume documents the essential technical details of each device (with picture) in a standardized format which allows direct comparisons of specifications.
Rycote is the only company in the world specializing in win